Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act. Proverbs 24:12

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

T-Shirts

We have a few tshirts left in stock in case anyone is still interested. We won't be printing anymore of this design so we are just selling the sizes we have left. Also, we are selling the adult shirts for $15 and the kid sizes for $10...that includes shipping. We are now out of pink. In the blue, we have 1 adult small, 2 adult large, 2 child large (size 14-16), 1 child medium (size 10-12), 3 child small (size 6-8), 1 XS (size 2-4), 2 3Ts and 1 2T. Let me know if you are interested and I will get them in the mail asap. Thanks!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kind Hearts T-Shirts

Eddie and I are so excited! We are donating tshirts to Kind Hearts, a school in Ethiopia. The kids will be getting the shirts next month when a lady from Hopechest delivers them while on a mission trip. We look forward to seeing pictures of the children wearing them. Will post as soon as I have those!!!





Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Enjoying Spring Break





This last picture is Hannah's crazy look. If you can't tell, she is screaming at the top of her lungs. Then she stops and grins. :)
We are having a fun, relaxing Spring Break. Lots of family time!!! Hope everyone else is too!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fabulous Friday

I am so glad it's Friday...and better yet...Spring Break is next week so I'll be off with my kids and hubby all week. It's really nice that Eddie and I both work for the schools because we get to be off from work everytime they are out of school. Love that! I'm really ready to have some family time. We have no plans...pretty much just hanging out together. So I'm hoping the weather is nice so we can be outside.
Hannah is doing great. She cracks us up every single day. She absolutely LOVES music. My boys liked it too as babies but she is crazy about it. The second she hears music she starts dancing...waving her hands in the air and turning in circles. A Justin Timberlake song started playing on the radio while we were in the car last night and she started bobbing her head along with the beat...and then the hands started waving. I thought we were going to have to pull over because we were all laughing so hard. I've got to get this on video soon and post it!!!
On another note...there are a lot of changes taking place with Ethiopian adoptions. These changes might be for the better but they might not. Please pray for families who are in the process right now who are affected by the new rules. Pray that they have peace about it knowing God is still in control. Adoption is such an amazing journey...full of ups and downs...but totally worth it!!! Just keep these families in your prayers!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

REFERRAL-ANNIVERSARY!!!

One year ago today I stayed home from work with a terrible migraine. I had probably brought it on myself because I had been so stressed out from waiting for the phone to ring for the past month. I was almost in a state of depression because we had been waiting 10 months since Ethiopia received our dossier. However, we had really been waiting almost 4 years since we first began with China. I was truly at the end of my rope and knowing we were so close was making me crazy. I wondered if we really ever were going to get "the call". We had requested a baby girl at first, but then decided we needed to leave it in God's hands. We trusted that He had the right child in His plan for our family whether a girl or a boy. Usually, with Ethiopia, if you request either gender it is usually a boy who is referred. We already had a lot of "pink" but decided we could exchange things if needed. Anyway, I was at home laying on the couch, fighting a migraine and had taken a pain pill for it so I was kind of "loopy" and feeling sorry for myself. My hair was pulled up in a clip, no make up, and I was wearing my favorite pj's...not exactly the way I had planned in my head for our "referral video". :)
Anyway, when the phone rang I almost didn't answer it. I had contacted our agency a while back and asked them to call on my cell phone since I would probably be at work. So I wasn't expecting my home phone to ring. I decided to go ahead and pick it up and noticed it was a long distance number. I recognized the pre-fix as AWAA's and honestly when I picked it up, I thought I was going to be asked again if we were ok with a boy or a girl. I had pretty much given up on getting a referral that day...that week. When I heard Terra's voice I could tell she was excited when she said hello. I sat up quickly, forgot about my migraine and listened carefully as she told me that "today is the day" and would I like to get Eddie on the phone. I knew he was in class and couldn't get phonecalls very easily so I told her it was okay and that I'd get him home in time to see the referral pics. She told me they matched us with a baby girl...and I think I stopped breathing at that moment...and then I began sobbing so much I couldn't hear what else she was saying. I pulled myself together and grabbed a pen and paper to write down things she was telling me. All the time though in my head I was thinking "a girl, a girl, a girl"! Her name was Sitota and she was very tiny, but healthy. All the weight of the 4 years of waiting was lifted right off of my shoulders and this was really happening. She said to be expecting an email right away with Sitota's picture and some info. So I texted Eddie immediately and wrote" We have a baby...Come home now" and he was at the house within a minute I think!! He walked in the door and I was a sobbing mess. I told him we have a baby girl and we hugged and hugged and cried together. I will never forget that moment or the look on Eddie's face for as long as I live.
It doesn't seem like a year ago that all this took place. But at the same time it seems like our precious Sitota (who's name means gift) has been a part of our lives forever! We are blessed and could never imagine our lives without her! So for all of you who are waiting for your referral (especially you Karen) hang in there. God's timing is perfect and all the waiting, crying, and waiting some more will be worth it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

2 Days...


Two more days and it will be a year since we got our referral for Hannah! How the time flies!